Welcome to Me and My Child

Welcome to Me and My Child where you’ll find lots of information on the wonderful journey of parenthood, from pregnancy, to birth and your child’s early development. Every child’s development is different, so be sure to consult with your health care professional if you have any concerns.

You’ll also find plenty of information about what you can feed your child.

When it comes to babies, Breastfeeding is best, and provides the ideal balanced diet and protection against illness. During pregnancy and after delivery, a mother’s diet should contain sufficient key nutrients. Professional guidance can be sought on diet and the preparation for and maintenance of breastfeeding. Infant formula is intended to replace breast-milk when mothers do not breastfeed. A decision not to breast-feed, or to introduce partial bottle-feeding, could reduce the supply of breast-milk. Once reduced, it is difficult to re-establish. Infant formula should be prepared and used as directed. Unnecessary or improper use, such as the use of unboiled water, unboiled bottles or incorrect dilution may present a health hazard. Social and financial implications, such as the preparation requirements and the cost of providing formula until 12 months of age, should be considered when choosing how to feed infants.

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Breastfeeding Accessories

Breastfeeding bras and pads

  • A breastfeeding bra, gives your baby easy access—one with flaps that open easily for breastfeeding. Although you will want to buy a few before you give birth, your breasts will grow once your milk has come in, so you might want to wait until after the birth to buy a few more. The band size should fit snugly on the loosest hook. Ask for assistance in the shop with someone experienced with fitting breastfeeding bras.
  • A breastfeeding bra should provide good support. Avoid those with under wires, these place too much pressure on the breasts and may lead to blocked milk ducts or mastitis (infected milk ducts).
  • Use breastfeeding pads that are absorbent and ventilate well. As needed, replace wet pads with dry ones to prevent chafing and bacterial growth.

Breastfeeding clothes
The idea behind breastfeeding clothes is to allow easy and potentially discreet access to your breast. There are specially designed breastfeeding blouses and sleepwear that have side slits to help you breastfeed discreetly and comfortably. Or simply invest in some inexpensive stretchy t-shirts that can easily be pulled down on one side or shirts with buttons down the front.

A comfortable breastfeeding chair

Select a chair that provides good back support and has armrests to help you comfortably sit up straight and your feet reach the floor comfortably. Over time, your body (especially your back and neck) will suffer if you’re posture is not well supported while you feed.
A good breastfeeding pillow
A good breastfeeding pillow adds comfort to both you and baby while breastfeeding. There are plenty of pillows out there specifically tailored to breastfeeding, but any firm pillow will do. A breastfeeding pillow assists by positioning baby at breast level, supporting their weight and helping maintain your proper posture as you won’t have to lean over or strain your back while breastfeeding. You may find a pillow is only necessary for the first few months while your baby is smaller and feeds are longer.
Breast Pump
In many instances, breast milk direct from mum will be more convenient and provides many added benefits such as skin-to-skin bonding. While early use of bottles, especially before the first breastfeed, can interfere with the natural processes of breastfeeding by reducing the infant’s sucking capacity and the stimulation of the mother’s breasts, there are many situations in which expressing breast milk and feeding from a bottle may be required. Some of the most common reasons you may want to use a breast pump include:

  • To stimulate your milk production when you are unable to breast feed your baby directly after birth, such as when your baby is premature or your baby is unable to suck adequately.
  • You or your baby are in hospital and unable to feed them directly.
  • To maintain your milk supply when you are away from your baby (eg, after returning to work).
  • You are leaving your baby with a baby sitter while you are out
  • Many mothers like to store breast milk for emergencies, as exclusive breastfeeding is recommended until babies are around 6 months old.

Choosing a pump

There are a large range of breast pumps on the market. You can choose from electric or hand held pumps and your choice may depend on how much you require or intend to use it.

Additional items

If you choose to use a breast pump, there is additional equipment you will need to attain, including:

  • Breast milk storage satchels (available at chemists and supermarkets and baby specialist stores);
  • Baby bottles and teats – there are a large variety of bottles and teats available and many mothers find they need to try a range of teats to find which one your baby will accept.
  • Steriliser for cleaning all equipment.

Breast pumps and bottles need to be dissembled and sterilised before each use. There are generally two methods of sterilisation: Either using cold water and adding a non-toxic sterilisation solution, available through pharmacies; or by using heat via a microwave or electric steam steriliser. If you are not using the equipment again straight away, you can simply wash the equipment and then sterilise before the next use.